Animated map assembles sections of the United States of America reflecting various kinds of inhabitants. A woman of Native American Indian origins weaves a straw hat as a young boy plays nearby. Sign outside a building identifying the "Slovak Political Benefial Assn." Other signs on seen on different buildings include: "Polish Army Veterans Association of America;" "Ukrainian American Youth Association;" and "Germantown Hospital." A brass plate on a building reading: "English-Speaking Union." Asian-American school girls, and a Japanese-American man with a boy. View of a wood carving in ancient African style. A street scene showing many Hispanic Americans, and commercial signs in Spanish. A group of new American citizens at a naturalization ceremony,each receiving a small American flag. Animated map shown again, indicating the geographical distribution of Americans in the U.S. First it shows areas where citizens live near water, either the oceans, Gulf of Mexcio, or the Great Lakes. Montage of urban scenes showing some of the cities where most Americans live. The Massachusetts State House in Boston. New York City street scene with the Empire State Building in background. City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Capitol in Washington, DC
Activities at the Operation New Life / New Arrival ceremony for Vietnamese refugees, held at Harrisburg International Airport in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Microphones and the tape equipment. Crowd of spectators wave American flags. Military policeman talk with Pennsylvania State policemen at the airport. The dignitaries and the officials walk towards the speakers stand. Civilian photographers take pictures. People wearing 1970s clothing fashions.
Bell Telephone television advertisement depicts the cost of telephone calls over years from 1915 to 1970. Pictures of streets and houses in Boston. Portrait of Alexander Graham Bell. The cost of telephone from 20.70 dollars in 1915 reduced to 70 cents in 1970. Rapid paced montage of images (some still and some motion) from 1915 to 1970. Poster reads 'Japan at War'. Man and woman dance. Missile launched from launch pad. Aircraft parked on runway. The cost of telephone charges reduced over the years. Different types of telephones seen in 1970.
Shows 1970s era construction activities, economic growth, retail shopping, and American fashions and goods of the 1970s. As a contrast to the modern way of life, a farmer is seen using teams of horses to plow his land. Views of middle-class suburban living in the U.S.A. Modern farm machinery being employed. Panels being placed on a new car in a factory production line. A long freight train moving goods. U.S. consumer retail stores selling a variety of products, including ice cream, lawn mowers and hardware, custom framing, fast food (McDonalds), organic food and antiques, among others. Shipping containers being loaded on a ship for export abroad. Various construction sites ranging from those for suburban neigborhood homes to those for high rise buildings. Construction of the Dunhill Condominiums in progress in Atlanta Georgia. A 1970 Ford Falcon car in a neighborhood of new homes. Sink and bath tub Fixtures in a typical kitchen and bathroom. Families at a high school graduation. African American students on a college campus. Families shopping for high price goods, like cars, home appliances, washers, dryers, stoves, ovens, televisions in a show room, and window air conditioner units. Private pleasure boats operating near a large ferry boat. More views of carpenters and other building tradesmen working at construction sites. People at work compiling statistics in the U.S. Bureau of the Census.
Temporary census workers (enumerators) taking an oath not to disclose any information they collect. Computer-driven line printer producing many sheets of census data. Examples of data captured are illustrated bV: View of a machinist at work; parents and children at a picnic; a neighborhood of homes;and children playing on a neighborhood sidewalk. Back in the Bureau of the Census, a high speed printer produces confidential lists with categories of data. View of a person completing a census questionnaire. View of the U.S. Capitol. Animated map of the U.S.A. showing changes in Congressional seats resulting from the 1970 census. View of the U.S. Constitution highlighting the part calling for a decennial census. Cartoon illustrations of data groupings possible from census data.
View from cockpit of a helicopter, flying low over a forest covered in snow on crest of hill, in Norway, during NATO Exercise, "Arctic Express," in 1970. A deep valley with dwellings is seen below. The entire scene is snow-covered. Profile closeup of pilot wearing flying helmet, as camera pans past him and focuses on homes in a village below. The aircraft climbs upward, from the valley, over forests toward a mountain in the distance. View out left window of the airplane, as it flies over an apparent headquarters building, where several vehicles are seen and flags of 5 participating countries are displayed on flagpoles, including those of The USA, Canada, Italy,Britain, and Norway. Camera continues to record as the helicopter descends and lands in a parking area outside the building.